What are Windsor Castle opening hours?


Open 10am–5:15pm

Last Admission


Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is open from 10am to 4:14pm or till 5:15pm depending on the season.

Mar 1 TO Oct 31 Timings

Days (Mar 1 TO Oct 31)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday (Today)10:00am–5:15pm 4:00pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10:00am–5:15pm 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am–5:15pm 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–5:15pm 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–5:15pm 4:00pm
Windsor Castle  hours
  • Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Last entry: 1 hour 15 minutes before closing.
  • The castle is also closed on 29 March, 31 March (opens at 1pm), 21 April (closes at 1:15pm), 16 June (State Apartments closed), and 17 June.

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Windsor Castle Entry Tickets
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From London: Half-Day Tour to Windsor Castle
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From London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath & Roman Baths Day Trip
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Best time to visit the Windsor Castle

Weekday vs Weekend

  • On weekdays, there tend to be fewer visitors compared to weekends, resulting in a more tranquil and peaceful experience. 
  • With fewer people, the queues for entry, ticketing, and popular attractions like the State Apartments and St. George's Chapel may be shorter, allowing for a smoother visit.
  • Weekends often see more visitors, creating a livelier atmosphere with a buzz of activity and potential opportunities to engage with other tourists. 
  • Windsor Castle occasionally hosts special events or activities during weekends, providing additional attractions or entertainment.








Very Crowded

Peak season vs Low season

  • Peak season (May-Sep): The best time to visit Windsor Castle during the peak season is between late spring and early autumn. The gardens are in full bloom, offering vibrant colors and picturesque landscapes. However, it also means larger crowds and long queues, particularly during weekends and public holidays.
  • Low season (Oct-Feb): The low season is an ideal time to visit Windsor Castle for those seeking a quieter experience. With fewer tourists, you can explore the castle and its attractions with more ease and tranquillity. The reduced crowds also provide an opportunity for more personalized interactions with the staff and guides.













Off Season
Moderate Season
Peak Season

How long should I spend at Windsor Castle?

To fully appreciate the castle's highlights and immerse yourself in its rich history and architectural beauty, it is recommended to allocate at least 2 to 3 hours for a visit. This time frame allows you to explore the State Apartments, admire the intricate details of St. George's Chapel, and stroll through the picturesque gardens. Additionally, you can enjoy the Changing of the Guard ceremony and take advantage of any special exhibitions or events during your visit. However, if you have a particular interest in art and history, or want to delve deeper into the castle's treasures, consider extending your visit to a half-day or a full day.

Frequently asked questions about Windsor Castle hours

Is Windsor Castle open every day?

No, Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Can I enter Windsor Castle anytime during the operating hours?

No. You must enter Windsor Castle at the designated time slot. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your timeslot and allow yourself 2-3 hours to explore the castle grounds and premises.

What are Windsor Castle timings on public holidays?

The timings are the same as every day, depending on the season, on public holidays.

Should I buy Windsor Castle tickets in advance?

As the castle is open all year round, you should not wait to get tickets at the entrance. Buy in advance and plan your visit ahead of time to have a great experience.